In a couple of hours I am going to publish the news about the full 2015 Harley line up. But it’s unusual for the company Davidson to have unveiled a major model weeks before the announcement of its complete model line up. The 2015 Road Glide and Road Glide Special were previewed in Sturgis, well in advancetoday’s announcement of the 2015 line up. The Road Glide has always had an incredibly passionate following and is very often the canvas of many custom builders.
It is well known that its absence from the 2014 lineup translated in a couple of US market shares lost by the Milwaukee company during the 3rd quarter 2013. With a preview in Sturgis, Harley-Davidson marketing strategy is evident. To excite the fans to let them anticipate the return of the Road Glide® motorcycle…and to prevent as many as possible riders to turn their choice to the Indian Chieftain, both models with exceptional features and comparable in price (2015 Road Glide and Road Glide Special from $20,899 to 23,699, 2015 Indian Chieftain starting at $22,999)
So, what is new with the 2 new Road Glide models. First, the trademark fairing went through intensive tunnel testing for improvements to lower head buffeting and beard lift. The frame- mounted fairing now features triple Splitstream venting providing comfortable airflow around the rider but not on him, brilliant white beams of the Dual LED DaymakerTM Reflector and the color screen of a Boom!™ Box 4.3 infotainment system controlled by twin joysticks located on a new swept-back handlebar that puts the rider in a commanding, comfortable position. A High Output Twin Cam 103TM V-Twin engine burbles through two chrome mufflers, its abundant torque always on tap with just a twist of the throttle. Touring features include One- Touch hard saddlebags, cruise control, easy-to- read gauges, adjustable air-ride rear suspension and new ergonomic hand controls with intuitive design and improved tactile feel.
Select premium features elevate the performance and style of the Road Glide® Special from the base model. These enhancements include the premium Boom!TM Box 6.5GT infotainment system with touch screen and GPS navigation, ReflexTM Linked Brakes with ABS and hand- adjustable low-profile rear suspension. An exclusive gloss Black painted inner fairing (Denim fairing Black Denim models) and hand- applied pinstriping move the styling up a notch.